Here is the Top 10, celebrating the best of Canuck cinema:
- Away From Her – Sarah Polley
- Congorama – Philippe Falardeau
- The Journals of Knud Rasmussen – Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn
- Manufactured Landscapes – Jennifer Baichwal
- Monkey Warfare – Reginald Harkema
- Radiant City – Gary Burns and Jim Brown
- Sharkwater – Rob Stewart
- Sur La Trace D'Igor Rizzi – Noel Mitrani
- Trailer Park Boys: The Movie – Mike Clattenburg
- Un Dimanche a Kigali – Robert Favreau
I haven’t seen the Trailer Park Boys movie, which made the list, nor the top grossing Good Cop, Bon Cop, which did not. Neither of which had any appeal to me in the first place. So do I really have the right to tell people to go and see Canadian films? Perhaps not.
This year the festival didn’t separate the Canadian films in the program, placing them in the categories that were the most appropriate – allowing them to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of world cinema. If we picked a Canadian film it was because it appealed to us – being homegrown was just an added bonus – which is how I think it should be done. But outside of the festivals, it can be difficult to find a screen with a Canadian film on it, or two even hear about them in a Hollywood dominated entertainment press.
If people don’t even have a chance to see the best of what comes out of this country – as evidenced by the TIFF list – than how will the industry even grow any larger? Maybe it is time for some Cancon regulations for theatre distribution. It worked for the music industry.